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    Step 4: Picking a Department

    Step 4: Picking a Department
    There are many things to take into consideration when picking a department. Things like the type of law enforcement agency, proximity to where you want to live, or starting pay all are important factors. One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is having their heart set on one specific department and refusing to apply anywhere else. As anyone with experience ...
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    Step 3: GI Bill

    Step 3: GI Bill
    GI Bill Benefits Can Ease Your Transition The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is an education and training benefit earned by Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard service members. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently ...
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    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist

    Step 2: Transition made easy: Timeline & Checklist
    One Year Before Separation p((. • Check out the Reserve and Guard programs – you could earn pay, benefits, and a pension. p((. • Begin researching your relocation, benefits, job boards, etc. p((. • Contact your Education or Transition Office to take a Job Skills and Interest assessment, to determine the best civilian career field. p((. • Check out the Career ...
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    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career

    Step 1: Choosing the Right Law Enforcement Career
    A common question received at PoliceLink relates to what a service member can do in order to best align their skills with those needed to succeed as a civilian law enforcement officer (LEO). In this section, we’ll help you figure out which areas of law enforcement your skills best suit you for. For active duty service members, this may help you ...
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    Ten Steps to Joining the Force for Military Service Members

    Ten Steps to Joining the Force for Military Service Members
    As the competition for coveted law enforcement positions increases throughout the country, police and federal recruiters have the luxury of picking and choosing the absolute best and brightest individuals. More often than not, police chiefs, sheriffs, and recruiters are turning to military veterans to fill these positions as they staff the next wave of warriors in the war on crime. Like ...
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    Getting Serious About Joining the Force

    It’s a New Year and you want to fulfill your dream of landing that cop job. Now that the initial flurry of silly New Year’s Resolutions have fallen by the wayside, let’s get serious. In order to help you on that quest, this Cop Career Counselor column is geared towards helping you shape your New Year’s resolutions towards that goal. Around ...
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    The Police Exam - How To Get Hired Faster

    When you made your decision to become a police officer, you made a decision to change your life. And when you turned in your application, you took your first step in a grueling process towards achieving your goal. Next in the gauntlet: the police written exam. The first hurtle. The first cold sweat in a long line of cold sweats. Now's ...
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    Best and Worst Places to Be a Cop

    Best and Worst Places to Be a Cop
    Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers are the third most in-demand profession in the Homeland Security sector. There is projected need for 265,000 officers by the end of 2014; but that is not to say that some states have a higher need than others. The following is a guide to help you navigate, state by state, the law enforcement employment gauntlet. h4. ...
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    Police Written Test Tips

    The police written test will vary throughout the country. Some police agencies rent the written test from companies like Stanard & Associates that specialize in the police entrance test, while other agencies have written tests provided to them by state run organizations such as POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training). Still, countless municipalities with smaller budgets write their own. In the ...
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    The Job - Epilogue

    h4. The Job I thought long and hard before I decided to add this section to my article, but I feel that I must to protect future Law Enforcement Officers from the pain and anguish that so many men and women in this and other professions of high stress experience. The beast that can rear its ugly head is called Post ...
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    Part 9 - Psychologocial Exam, Background Check, and the Final Interview

    h4. The Psychological Examination In this phase of the application process you are asked to take a psychological examination conducted by a trained and licensed clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. Obviously the agency is trying to determine if you are mentally fit for the duties required of a Law Enforcement Officer. This is an important part of the application process because ...
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    Part 8 - The Physical Examination

    Physicals vary from agency to agency and doctor-to-doctor so this topic is a little more complex than the others. I know the physician's office our agency uses has a questionnaire you must complete which is quite extensive in scope. I'm sure at this phase of the process you will face a battery of medical questions involving you personally and members of ...
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    Part 7 - The Polygraph Examination

    The polygraph or lie detector examination is right up there in anxiety levels as the pre-employment interview. All kinds of questions roll around in the applicant's head as to what the polygraph examiner might ask. When I took the very first polygraph I felt the same way. I had visions of the examiner going all the way back deep into my ...
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    Part 6 - The Pre-Employment Interview

    _To repeat myself I have no way of knowing what questions may be put to you in a pre-employment interview just like the application. I can only pass along pointers to help you get through the interview as best you can. The "oral" as so many people call it causes the most stress of any phase of the application process. Without ...
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    Part 5 - The Physical Agility Test

    Just about every agency I have had dealings with in my career has both a physical agility test and a physical fitness program. In this line of work you have to maintain a high level of physical fitness as a means of self-preservation! Officer survival depends on you and your commitment to being physically able to handle the dangers of the ...
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    Part 4 - The Written Pre-Employment Examination

    Many agencies large and small have some form of a pre-employment examination with questions that cover a variety of topics. I have taken many different types of pre-employment examinations and the questions differ from agency to agency. Some are based on Civil Service examinations others are made up from questions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and still others ...
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    Part 3 - The Application

    First, and this is quite obvious, go to the agency or agencies you're interested in applying and obtain an application. Please do yourself a favor, ask for more than one preferably three application forms. If you make mistakes and you only have one you're going to feel very foolish when you have to go back and ask for another. Don't use ...
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    Part 2 - Starting the Process

    First, do yourself a favor start a "background investigation" on yourself. Go to your local motor vehicle administration and obtain a copy of your driving transcript. Hopefully you won't have any serious violations such as reckless driving, DUI/DWI because violations such as these may have an adverse affect. Look over the record carefully for any incorrect information and if you find ...
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    Part 1 - So You Wanna Be a Cop...

    My goal in posting this information is to help those reading these lines to realize the dream they have about becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. I do not claim to be an expert, but after thirty years on the job I believe that at least some of the ideas and suggestions I'm passing along may be helpful in your quest. I've ...
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    16 Traits Recruiters are Looking For

    _Excerpted from the bestselling book - Confessions of a "Hardass" - An insider's advice on passing your law enforcement pre-employment interview._ When a law enforcement or corrections agency interviews you, what is really happening is that they are deciding how well you fit in with the people, the mission and the daily work environment of the organization. Each agency has aspirations ...
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